Getting Chickens in the spring

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Cindy in LA, Nov 25, 2014.

  1. Cindy in LA

    Cindy in LA New Egg

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    Hi. We have just moved onto 4 acres and are planning on getting chickens in the spring, when I retire. I currently teach kindergarten in Rapides parish.

    We are looking at coop plans, now. We want about 4 hens, for fresh eggs. If you have coop plans or know of coop plans the would house about 4 hens, please let me know.

    I am thrilled that I found you!!
    Cindy
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    check out the above Coops section welcome to BYC
     
  3. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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  4. Cindy in LA

    Cindy in LA New Egg

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    Thank you. I am having such a great time, just reading all the wonderful and helpful info here.
    Cindy
     
  5. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, this is really a great website!
     
  6. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

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  7. pfewless

    pfewless Out Of The Brooder

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    Welcome to BYC! you will love it here. I know I do.
     
  8. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    While I understand your plan is to have four birds, I would plan and build space and accommodations for more - you can't have too much room for chickens, and having room for more birds leaves room for the inevitable chicken math without having to worry about rebuilding/expanding down the road.
     
  9. ECBW

    ECBW Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Another newbie! Love it.

    You are wise by doing your homework and plan ahead. You will find that while chickens are easy to care for, there are many different approaches to it. One size does not fit all.

    A few starter points to consider:

    1. Chickens are not egg machines. They will not lay every day and will take breaks. They will take 6 months to mature. They will get old and slow down in laying after one year.
    2. Pick a good coop site that is well drain, shady in the summer and sunny in the winter and close to electric source.
    3. Understand the predators in your area.
    4. Understand chicken natural behaviors and tendancies. Work with them, not changing them.
    5. Design your coop to accomodate chickens' (as well as yours) natural behaviors and tendancies.

    You have a great starting point with 4 acres.
     
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2014
  10. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Definitely stop by our coops pages here. Lots of good ideas from our members...https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coops

    Don't cram the birds in and give them 4 to 5 square foot per bird in the coop, 10 square feet per bird in the run. Chickens go off on each other when cramped in and can injure or even kill each other.

    Stop by our learning center too! Lots of good articles on all the aspects of keeping poultry, getting started with chickens and keeping them healthy and safe from predators...https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Enjoy this new journey you are on! If you have any questions along the way, feel free to ask. Welcome to our flock!
     

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